Invitation 13/12 & 14/12 – Thessaloniki: 2nd Cycle “Non-profits & Media Advocating for Good!”

What does “open knowledge” mean and where does it help us?

Access to open data creates a sense of security.

When reliable data is not available can we have fake news phenomena?

Are conspiracy theories created when we don’t have open data?

If there were open data in an editable format for COVID-19 would there perhaps be more of a sense of security?

Having successfully completed the first training cycle of experiential Advocacy seminars, we continue with the second phase in Thessaloniki, Komotini, Athens and Patras, which will be implemented by the Open Knowledge Foundation of Greece, in collaboration with the Department of Journalism of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The aim of the project “Non-profits & Media Advocating for good” is to strengthen the supervisory role of civil society in Greece. Through a structured framework of experiential training and cooperation between representatives from Non-Profit Organizations and Media, NGO executives will acquire the necessary knowledge to highlight issues they have identified in their professional field and Journalists will gain access to information on current social/economic issues concerning the Non-Profit ecosystem, which they will use for the proper promotion of issues and advocacy strategies that will be designed together.

The two categories of participants will have the opportunity to be trained by qualified professionals in the use of methodology and tools for the collection and use of Public Open Data. The aim is to strengthen the research capacities of local NGOs and SMEs to create successful advocacy activities.

In this series of seminars the modules will cover:

-Creating advocacy strategies through open data

-Data journalism as a tool for synergy between NGOs and SMEs

-Information on the Open Data and Open Budgeting Index -Information on how to use open data as a tool for advocacy and advocacy work as a tool for creating public awareness and advocacy in the media.

A workshop will follow the presentation of the Open Data and Open Budgets Index. Groups of NGO and media representatives will practically apply the methods of collecting and using Open Public Data in order to map the current Open Data situation in Greece.

The start of the second round will take place in Thessaloniki with the two-day experiential seminar that will take place on Monday 13 December | 13:00-19:00 and Tuesday 14 December |10:00-16:00.

The seminars are free of charge with pre-registration in this form.

* The experiential seminars will be conducted in person, observing all necessary measures to protect public health. The manner and schedule of the seminars may be changed according to the current regulations for prevention against sars-cov-2.

The project “Non-profits & Media advocating for good!” is implemented in the framework of the Active citizens fund programme, with HIGGS as implementing agency and its partners, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Open Knowledge Foundation of Greece and Civil NonProfit Companies Initiative for Journalism.

The €12m Active citizens fund programme is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) funding mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021 known as EEA Grants. The programme aims to strengthen and enhance the sustainability of civil society and to highlight its role in promoting democratic processes, enhancing citizens’ participation in public life and defending human rights. The Active citizens fund grant for Greece is managed jointly by the Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow.